The Auction Of An Important Canadian Collection


Friday November 21 and Saturday November 22    Beginning at 10am each day


The auction will be held at, the Portsmouth Olympic Harbour Site on Yonge St. in the City of Kingston.


Preview Sale Days from 8am


Sale Directions: Hwy. 401 to Sir John A. McDonald Blvd. at Kingston Ont., south on Sir John A. to the end (King St. West), turn right or west on King St. West and go one long block on your left hand side to Yonge St., turn left or south on Yonge St. the Portsmouth Olympic Site is approx. 100 yards from the corner on your left.


We have been asked by Blake and Ruth McKendry of Kingston Ontario, to sell their collection of painted country furnishings and accessories by unreserved public auction. In addition we will offer in a separate session their reference library and collectible hard cover books. Added to the McKendry collection we will offer a small number of consignments from family members and a few local collections.


Order of Sale.


Day One: Friday Nov. 21, 2003

Will feature an extensive library of antique reference books of interest to both the new collector and the advanced collector, the histories of many of Ontario’s counties, a large section of both Canadian and international art and folk art references, early photographs of interest to the collector, family histories, etc.


Day Two: Saturday Nov. 22, 2003

This session will feature a selection of Canadian country and country formal furnishings many of which are pictured in Pain’s “The Heritage of Upper Canadian Furniture” and Shackleton’s “The Furniture of Old Ontario”, plus paintings, folk art featured in “Folk Art Primitive and Naïve Art in Canada” by Blake McKendry, china and pottery, glass, silver, native art and tools, textiles, early lighting, a selection of John Player lighting, etc.


Day One will consist of mainly books but will also feature an extensive family history including documents and photographs of the Matheson family of Perth Ont., a selection of early photographs of both local and historical interest and the library itself which will consist of a large selection of 20th century renditions of Boswell’s 18th century writings, several volumes of bibliomania, children’s books of the 1st ½ of the 20th century, Canadian Art and Artists are well represented in the collection in over 100 volumes with duplicates of some to include a 2 vol. Set of Art and Architecture in Canada by Lerner and Williamson, Painting in Canada by J. Russell Harper, Our Own Country Canada by Dennis Reid, Daniel Fowler of Amherst Island, The Group of Seven, Alex Colville, Paul Kane, Kreighoff, Lismer, Lawren Harris, A. Y. Jackson, Berczy, Bell-Smith, William Pope, Notmann, Casson, David Milne, etc., The Face of Canada by Spendlove, George Heriot Painters in Canada, Homer Watson by Miller etc., other fields of interest covered in the library are, Architecture, Photography, Archives, Canadian History, Historical pamphlets, Decorative Arts, a large offering in the field of the history of art, old account books and ledgers, magazines of interest to include the Magazine Antiques, Beaver Magazine, general literature and fiction, North American furniture, Folk Art, Quilts and Textiles, 19th and early 20th century travels in Canada, native art, several volumes of deVolpi’s Pictorial History of Canada represented with volumes on Quebec, Ottawa, British Columbia, The Niagara Peninsula and Toronto, Several reprints of Smyth’s Sketches in the Canada’s and Ontario county atlases, a 2 volume set of Picturesque Canada, bound issues of Canadian Illustrated News,  etc., City, Town and County histories, many museum publications, etc.


Day Two will feature a selection of Canadian country and country formal furnishings many of which are pictured in Pain’s “The Heritage of Upper Canadian Furniture” and Shackleton’s “The Furniture of Old Ontario” to include an open dish dresser from Glengarry County with a full family provenance shown in Shackleton’s plate #332 and Pain’s in full colour and full page plate #434; an Arrow Back comb back rocker from Glengarry County, Pain plate #286 and Shackleton plate #93; an outstanding low back barroom chair with scrolled detail to the arms and seat front found in Pain’s plate #254; a low back Windsor armchair with great form from Belleville Ontario in Hastings County and found in Pain plate #256; a chest of drawers from Glengarry County in the original false grained finish Pain plate #636 and Shackleton plate #266;  a Sheraton sofa from the Blakey family in Prescott Ontario, Glengarry County Pain plate #381 and Shackleton plate #183 and from the same home a Sheraton chest of drawers Pain plate #634; a Glengarry County armchair and matching side chair both attributed to Alexander McEwen shown together in colour in Pain plate #354 with the armchair in Shackleton plate #8, these chairs to be sold as a pair; an early candle table from the eastern counties pain plate #110; a primitive Windsor stool from the eastern counties Pain plate #320; a snake foot candle stand from the eastern counties, Pain plate #85 and another in a Rosewood false grain finish from the eastern counties Pain plate #87; a Hepplewhite armchair from Lanark County Pain plate #338 and Shackleton plates #16 and #133 in colour; a hand decorated arrow back rocker from the Ottawa area, Shackleton plate #87; an arrow back rocker from Lanark County in an old red over paint, Shackleton plate #92; a Chippendale mirror found in Lanark County Shackleton plate #539; and from Prince Edward County an unusually small sized slant front desk on turned feet, Pain plate #673; two Windsor chairs from Martintown, Glengarry County with sever spindle backs and round seats; two Quebec joint stools, one with original paint and one refinished: a Windsor chair from Quebec in white over paint; a refinished New England tavern table with a large over hang (ex Les Donaldson collection); a Windsor side chair with nine spindle back; a one drawer figured maple stand and a one drawer stand in paint; Lanark County child’s chair from the Anderson family the Derry;  etc. Many of the folk art pieces to be offered in the sale can be found in “Folk Art Primitive and Naïve Art in Canada” by Blake McKendry and consist of  a mid 19th century water colour entitled “Rapids on the Approach to the Village of Cedars” and inspired by the W.H. Bartlett print by the same name McKendry plate #7; a water colour of the sailing ship Glenalvin by Nickolas Henderson of Portsmouth (now part of Kingston Ont.) dated 1883 McKendry plate #83; mid 19th century Kingston Ontario wrought iron meat fork with a heart worked in the tines and an applied heart on the handle, McKendry plate #241; a 1915 oil painting of a cook house at a lumber camp signed F. A. Moreland, McKendry plate #93; three primitive bone carvings from the Arctic, McKendry plates #20 and 21; a mid 19th century wall hung match safe in redware with an over painted finish McKendry plate #248 a painted primitive wood figure of a man from Quebec c. 1850 McKendry plate #24; a mid 19th water colour “Winter” and signed TS, McKendry Plate #133; Two needle work pictures c. 1840 of household pets from Brantford Ont. McKendry plate #150; a mid 19th century military water colour portrait of William Sharpe from Lennox and Addington County, McKendry plate #165; a water colour by M. Blakey of Prescott and dated 1840 of Dryburgh Abbey, McKendry plate #163;  a selection of Canadian prehistoric stone artifacts, McKendry plate #184; a early 19th century Quebec Queen Anne style looking glass in a stained finish, McKendry plate #236; and listed in the McKendry Companion Folk Art book is a large water colour pg. #188 entitled Rabbis by Magill Cyril born c.1908: a group of approximately thirty pieces of various characters and buildings relating to Kingston Penitentiary constructed from both clay and wood, made by John Buist a retired Kingston Penitentiary guard; a selection of local pottery figures of birds and snakes by Celia Kates and Judy Springer; wrought iron heart trivet, twelve oriental carpets both antique and contemporary, a hooked mat with a central figure of a cat and another with a naïve lion bordered by two flower pots, dated 1908; Puppet theatre made by Ab Dilworth Orillia Ontario in the late 1940's.It was used until about 1962.Their are hand carved marionettes, papier mache and composition puppets for five plays. The collection includes painted backdrops, furniture props, lights, folding stage, some scripts, brochures. Plays include The Frog Prince; The Mouse’s Christmas, The Farmer's Gold, the Three Little Pigs and Halloween; a Quebec wall box with drawer in painted finish, a Lanark County knife box in paint; an outstanding figural cast iron garden urn; seven vintage decoys, three undersized decoys; a number of pierced tin lamps by the late John Player; sterling silver flatware; a small selection of early glass stem ware; pewter candle sticks and brass candle sticks; red ware crocks, stone ware crocks including an ovoid example of a water cooler decorated with a tree and marked W. Hart & Co. Picton CW (damaged); contemporary soap stone carving of an eagle by Thomas Maracle of Deseronto Ontario; a pair of totem bookends by Francis Norma Loring; a large burl bowl with carved handles measuring 25 inches in diameter from Kingston Ont.; a matched pair of Markham pottery dogs; a painted wall box with a cutout star; several pieces of Port Neuf pottery including a bowl with a bird decoration; naïve paintings including houses, ships, etc.; sponge ware water pitcher and sugar bowl, Mocha pot with two coloured decoration; a Kingston sampler; hand woven coverlets; a Shaker sewing box in original red finish, found in Watertown NY featuring spool holders with ivory or bone outlets and three drawers all full of items of local interest and sewing supplies of the period; a table top desk with the initials HNS in brass tacks on the front board; primitive comb back rocker in paint from Leeds County; etc.


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Terms: Cash, cheque with two forms of ID, Visa, MasterCard and Interac.

            All sales will be subject to a 10% buyer’s premium.


 Auctioneers: Tim Potter and Cec Knight


Tim Potter Auction Services

RR2 Odessa Ont. K0H 2H0

1(613) 386-3635